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Richard Hawk

The World’s Leading Expert on Making Safety Fun and Creating Vibrant Safety Cultures

World-renowned, motivational safety speaker and trainer Richard Hawk helps safety leaders create vibrant safety cultures. He also helps employees take personal responsibility for their safety by teaching them how to develop habits that eliminate accidents.

It’s rare to find someone who is both a safety professional and an entertaining speaker and trainer. Richard Hawk has been in the safety and health field for more than 35 years. He spent 15 of them as a safety professional in the nuclear industry and safety consultant on construction projects. His depth of knowledge and extensive experience make for content-rich, behavior-changing learning programs that are truly “fun.” 

Safety Expert
Richard is passionate about safety! He is an avid learner and stays on top of the latest research on behavioral science and how it relates to safety. Richard holds numerous safety and technical certifications from various organizations including the National Safety Council (NSC), the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), and The National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT).  He stays on the leading edge of the safety industry through his work with thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations in a wide array of industries. These include energy, manufacturing, chemical, construction, healthcare, technology, retail, food services, transportation, government and education. 

Safety Industry Author
Since 1999, Richard’s bi-weekly Safety Stuff e-zine acts as a clearinghouse for the best ideas from thousands of safety professionals around the globe. He is the author of four popular books: Spice It Up! 52 Easy Ways Turn Your Safety Meetings From Bland to Grand, The Safety Leader’s Guide Book, Just Imagine!, and 250 Super Bright Safety Meeting and Promotional Ideas. His articles are regularly published in safety magazines, and he is a monthly columnist for the U.S. National Safety Council’s magazine, Safety+Health.

Safety Speaker, Trainer, and Coach
Richard has a talent for connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and industries. His experiences as a union and nonunion employee, manager and safety leader, give him the insight to relate to people at all levels, from line employees to CEOs, truck drivers to scholars.

His presentation is not just another boring PowerPoint… Richard engages the audience using props, musical parodies and interactive activities to create sustainable behavioral change that has been proven to reduce accidents.

Richard has been speaking on safety for more than 25 years! He’s a repeat speaker at the National Safety Council’s Annual Convention, and has been invited back every year for the past 10+ years. Richard has been a featured speaker at international conventions for Fortune 500 companies’ safety leaders; he’s presented to engineers and plant managers in India and Dubai, Canadian CEO’s as well as Japanese technicians.